BETTY BOOP’S CRAZY INVENTIONS (1933)
Article 4038 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Featuring the voice of Mae Questel
What it is: Animated comedy
Betty Boop serves as a hostess in a tentful of new inventions. All goes well until a self-threading sewing machine goes on a rampage.
Except in her very early incarnations (where she was a dog), the presence of Betty Boop in a cartoon does not necessarily make it fantastically themed; she is, after all, a human being, albeit one with a rather odd shape. However, the cartoon also features anthropomorphic dog Bimbo, as well as several other non-human animated characters. Furthermore, the inventions move it into the realm of science fiction. This isn’t the series at its most inspired, but it works well enough to get by, with most of the humor involving the ways the various inventions work, such as the stain-removing machine that works by leaving a big hole in the fabric where the stain occurred.
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